The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a reference in the Islamabad Accountability Court in Guddu Rental Power Plant (RPP) case.
The reference has been filed against 13 accused, including two former secretaries Ismail Qureshi and Shahid Rafi, two former Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) managing directors Munawar Baseer and Tahir Basharat Cheema, former PEPCO senior general manager Arshad Raza, former PECPO executive director Aftab Mehmood Butt, former PECPO directors Wazeer Ali Bhaio, Muhammad Razi Abbas, Muhammad Saleem Arif and Iqbal Ali Shah, former WAPDA member Fazal Ahmad Khan, former PECPO chief finance officer Abdul Qadeer and former Central Power Generation Company Limited (CPGCL) chief executive officer Yousaf Ali.
The NAB Executive Board Meeting (EBM) presided by Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry had earlier approved the filing of reference in this case.
The former officials are accused of misusing authority and corruption in initiating the project of Guddu Rental Power Plant without approval of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet and causing a loss to the national exchequer to the tune of Rs 139,149,975.
It is alleged that they extended undue and illegal benefit to the sponsors of Pakistan Power Resources (PPR) and the contract of $72 million was awarded to PPR in violation of PPRA Rules, NEPRA Act and without any feasibility study and approval of the Government of Pakistan.
In pursuance of the Supreme Court’s directions in its judgment dated March 30, 2012, the NAB chairman on April 2, 2012 authorised an enquiry against the public office-holders and others under NAO-1999 for their involvement in corrupt practices while awarding and executing 12 RPPs, including Guddu RPP. On November 23, 2012, the enquiry was completed and converted into an investigation.